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Cars How to watch the 2021 Indy 500 in the UK

18:35  28 may  2021
18:35  28 may  2021 Source:   motoringresearch.com

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Billed by American enthusiasts as ‘the greatest spectacle in racing’, the 105th Indy 500 takes place this weekend.

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The race will see 33 drivers fighting it out over 500 miles for one of the top prizes in motorsport. Expect plenty of high-speed action, close competition, and even a celebratory bottle of milk.

We have a full guide to all the key information you need to enjoy a big slice of American racing this weekend, here in the UK.

How can I watch the 2021 Indy 500?

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Sky Sports F1 has the sole UK broadcast rights to the 2021 Indy 500.

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Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch via the Sky Sports F1 channel, with additional coverage on the Sky Sports Main Event channel. Alternatively, subscribers can use the SkyGo app on their smartphone or mobile device.

Non-subscribers can purchase a Now TV Sky Sports day pass to watch the race. This can be used with a smart TV or compatible mobile device.

Is there a live stream for the 2021 Indy 500?

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Sadly, there is no official internet livestream for those wanting to watch the Indy 500 in the UK.

Viewers in the United States can watch online through the NBC Sports App, or through the NBC Sports website.

What time does the 2021 Indy 500 start in the UK?

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The Indy 500 starts relatively early in the United States, with proceedings beginning at 11am in Indianapolis.

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For viewers in the UK, this means the event will start at 4pm BST on Sunday, May 30.

Coverage on the Sky Sports F1 channel will begin at 3:45pm BST, and continue through to 9pm BST.

Will fans be allowed at the 2021 Indy 500?

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The coronavirus pandemic meant the 2020 Indy 500 took place without any fans present in the gigantic grandstands.

This year will see a maximum attendance of 135,000 fans set to be allowed inside the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Although this may sound like a large crowd, the facility will be operating at only 40 percent capacity.


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Other special Indy 500 events, such as music concerts held in the Snake Pit area of the infield, will not take place.

Which pace car is being used for the 2021 Indy 500?

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The official pace car for the 2021 Indy 500 is the new mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette convertible.

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It marks the 18th time a Corvette has been used as a pace car for the event, and the 32nd time for a Chevrolet. The Bowtie brand first led the field in 1948, and has held a monopoly on the pace car role since 2002.

Driving the pace car this year will be Danica Patrick. She is the most successful female driver in the history of the Indy 500.

Why is the Paretta Autosports team a big deal?

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Building on Danica Patrick’s achievements, the Paretta Autosport team will be the first female-owned, female-driven and largely female-crewed outfit to compete at Indy.

Led by CEO Beth Paretta, the team managed to grab the final grid slot in a dramatic qualifying session. Swiss driver Simona de Silvestra used her experience of five previous Indy 500s to take 33rd position.

The Paretta team is 70 percent female in total, and aims to encourage women to follow careers in motorsport and STEM subjects.

Is Romain Grosjean driving in the 2021 Indy 500?

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Romain Grosjean exited Formula One in dramatic fashion at the end of the 2020 season, surviving a terrifying accident in the Bahrain Grand Prix. With no Formula One drive for 2021, he made the move across the Atlantic for IndyCar.

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Driving for the Dale Coyne Racing team, Grosjean is only contracted for street and road course events. He is avoiding oval tracks to avoid putting his family through the worry of him competing on high-speed circuits.

Sadly, it means Romain is not taking part in the Indy 500. He did at least enjoy success at the earlier Grand Prix of Indianapolis. Grosjean claimed pole position, and finished second in only his third IndyCar race.

Are there any British drivers in the 2021 Indy 500?

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The 2021 Indy 500 sees three British competitors hoping to take victory in the American classic.

Lincolnshire’s own Jack Harvey has raced in IndyCar since 2017. He has put in strong performances so far this year, and qualified in 22nd position for the Indy 500.

Starting 30th on the grid is Sheffield-born Stefan Wilson. The younger brother of the late Formula One and IndyCar driver Justin Wilson, this is Stefan’s third Indy 500.

Max Chilton, who competed in Formula One with the Marussia team, is perhaps the best known Brit driver for casual fans. The Indy 500 is now the only oval race that Chilton competes in for the Carlin team – he qualified in 31st place.

Why does the Indy 500 winner drink milk?

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Arguably one of the strangest traditions as part of the Indianapolis 500 is the winning driver drinking a bottle of milk to celebrate.

The tradition began in 1933, after Louis Meyer took his second Indy 500 victory. Meyer chose to drink buttermilk after the race, believing it would be refreshing on a hot day. He did the same again after his third Indy win in 1936.

A dairy company executive saw a photo of Meyer drinking milk, leading to the beverage being offered to future Indy 500 winners. Today, the Indiana Dairy association gives the winning driver $10,000 for choosing to drink milk as part of their post-race celebration.

Pictured here is 2020 Indy 500 winner Takuma Sato, enjoying his choice of two percent milk.

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